In the red for safety’s sake

Central and North Burnett Times - - SCHOOL NEWS -

BOYNEWOOD and Mun­dub­bera State Schools and St Therese’s School at Monto held a Day for Daniel event last week to pro­mote mak­ing the world a safer place for chil­dren.

To raise aware­ness of the Daniel Mor­combe Foun­da­tion, which­was es­tab­lished in 2005 by Denise and Bruce Mor­combe, Boynewood students re­ceived wrist­bands, bal­loons, tat­toos and a “keep­ing safe” book­let.

The school had had a re­cent visit by the Daniel Mor­combe ed­u­ca­tion trailer and speak­ers or­gan­ised by Lauren Sparrow, MCDA, where they had learnt about feel­ing safe, a net­work of five and some self-de­fence tech­niques.

“Red was the flavour of the day, fo­cus­ing on child safety aware­ness and not only did we see red, but we ate red,” prin­ci­pal Vicki Rogers said.

The Daniel Mor­combe Child Safety Cur­ricu­lum was launched last term.

The cur­ricu­lum aims to sup­port schools and teach­ers in the pro­mo­tion of safety for all students in Queens­land.

It in­cludes lessons about per­sonal safety and aware­ness, cy­ber­safety and tele­phone safety and is struc­tured to suit students from Prep to Year 9.

The les­son con­tent aims to de­velop stu­dent knowl­edge and skills to recog­nise, re­act and re­port when they are un­safe.

The up­take of the Daniel Mor­combe Child Safety Cur­ricu­lum is a de­ci­sion made by in­di­vid­ual schools in consulta- tion with par­ents and de­signed to be a suite of ma­te­ri­als that schools can use from 2013.

Tim Franz­man, prin­ci­pal of St Therese’s School at Monto, said Day for Daniel was a day to raise aware­ness of child safety.

“It is a day to be aware of safety as no par­ent wants to go through what the Mor­combes went through,” Mr Franz­man said.

“Our so­ci­ety is get­ting dan­ger­ous for chil­dren and we just need to be care­ful, how­ever kids are a lot more aware from hear­ing about it on days like to­day.”

Photo: Sue Har­ris

RED FOR RE­MEM­BER­ING: Mun­dub­bera State School students wore red to re­mem­ber Daniel. (Back, from left) Western Wendt, Caitlin Wag­ner, Piper East­cott, (front) Tahlya Fry-Allen, Lily Car­lyon and Tylee Whe­lan.

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